20 Jun

We have a super sweet country party to share with you all today… one that just oozes summer, Americana, and beautiful nostalgia. It’s the anniversary party of a sweet couple and friends of 100LC, Jonathan and Louise. They have such a great story to go along with their party. We think you’re going to love it.

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Five years ago they decided to get married in their home town in Iowa (they met on the bus when they were 15!), and found the most perfect venue on a beautiful farm with a restored farmhouse and barn. Shortly after their wedding, the owners told them they were putting the property up for sale. And get this, the newlyweds bought it. Their first home, in a state they no longer live in! (They’re Los Angeles residents now). The place was too special and too beautiful to let go, and they hoped that it could be a place for friends and family to gather for years to come.

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Which brings us to now… a few weeks ago actually. When J + L hosted their 5 year party on the same farm, attended by friends and family, old and young, naked and clothed (you’ll see what we mean later in the post!).

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Because their farm is pretty rural, hiring vendors wasn’t much of an option. So they counted on friends and family to help with setting things up and bringing the fun. Which as Louise says, is a great way to get creative with making your event super personal.

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Here’s their super sweet family now, starring baby Jack. Isn’t he delicious?

Guests wore white or pastels, they ate pie, they played croquet, babies went naked. Louise organized all the flowers and decor. It’s a bang up Midwest party, if you ask us.

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Croquet at a party

Kids playing croquet

Homemade pies at a wedding

Homemade pies at a wedding

Homemade Wedding Pie with Initials

Initial Cupcakes

Hay bale seating at a wedding

Family portrait on a farm

5 year anniversary portrait

Wedding hay ride

The highlight of the party for J + L was the hayride. Seeing all their friends and family, babies in laps, smiles on faces, riding together and watching the sun set over the prairie made the evening.

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Farmhouse Anniversary Party
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Farmhouse Anniversary Party

Farmhouse Anniversary Party

You can also read more about the party in her own words on Louise’s personal blog, HomeSliceBlog.

And do you know what’s amazing? They’ve decided to open up The Farm as a venue for weddings and parties in Fairfield, Iowa. Sweet! That means any of you planning events in that neck of the woods should totally contact Louise through her blog to talk about specifics.

Venue: The Farm / Photography: Jennifer Emerling / YEAH! Weddings / Photobooth: The Smilebooth, of course! / Dance Party: Michael Antonia of the Flashdance / Music: Jefferson County Green Band

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Comments

  1. A 5 Year Farmhouse Anniversary Party: Jonathan + Louise http://t.co/aOyFgI8G via @100LayerCake #wedding

  2. A 5 Year Farmhouse Anniversary Party: Jonathan + Louise http://t.co/fb4n6PQp #bridal #wedding

  3. We have a super sweet country party to share with you all today… one that just oozes summer, Americana, and beau… http://t.co/RojKb59Y

  4. Where can I find little Jack’s adorable little suit?

  5. Simply beautiful!! And those pies — perfect for the occasion.

  6. We love the idea of a 5-year anniversary party..it’s like a mini wedding! Check out this fun, homemade Iowa gathering.. http://t.co/PHsSLIfo

  7. I love this idea too!! “@100LayerCake: We love the idea of a 5-year anniversary party..it’s like a mini wedding!! http://t.co/KRb3cVDM”

  8. oh great, now a 5-year anniversary party is a THING: http://t.co/rD8S8FhI we’re still doing it, dammit.

  9. You hear alot about couples celebrating their 25th and 50th Wedding Anniversaries but you never hear anyone celebrating their 5th year party which is too cute! I think everyone should celebrate their anniversary at any point!!

    Best,
    Ruthie Turner – FL Event Planner
    Costa del Sol Events

  10. This is a super post!! Makes me homesick as I’m orginially from the midwest. I grew up on a farm and these photos remind me of my childhood. Thank you for the share!

  11. Absolutely sublime! Great photos, Jen!

  12. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant… not so sure on naked croquet though! :)

  13. sublime is the best word i’ve heard to capture the beauty and friendship of that day. these pictures are a great snapshot too!!

    oxoxo elizabeth

  14. What a perfect tribute to a perfect day! So excited that we get to share it here. Oh, and Jacks suit of from Baby Jet Setters, the elton suit. Thanks!

    xoxox Lu

  15. Can’t think of a better way to ring in the 1st official day of summer than with this sweet anniversary party: http://t.co/zZGSGwzM

  16. that looks like SO much fun!! About a month after we got married I decided I wanted an anniversary party in the future because it’s totally worth celebrating!!! oh and…. i love parties/weddings

  17. These photos are AMAZING. I’m currently living in Iowa and want to applaud you for capuring this state’s true beauty. My husband and I are transplants and love it here.

  18. This five year farmhouse anniversary party is a dream via @100LayerCake. I’m already starting to plan my own… http://t.co/ZgSktqXP

  19. Grey is pretty! This photographer is awesome! Creative! Beautiful moments captured!

  20. What a beautiful wedding. I absolutely love the gray and yellow together. The bride’s dress is so classic, simple and perfect for the wedding. I love this wedding idea in the garden. The entire wedding party looks beautiful.

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